St. Augustine welcomes Venardos Circus — benefiting St. Francis House

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Come one, come all! The Venardos Circus is coming to town on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The majority of proceeds from ticket sales of the first performance will go to directly to St. Augustine’s own St. Francis House in an effort to spread the message of St. Francis and help in its current million dollar fundraising mission. Funds raised will go toward payment for a new building, primarily to be used for children in the area.

“We are so excited to welcome Venardos Circus to St. Augustine and especially grateful to be the beneficiary of the opening night performance,” said Karen Hensel, assistant director of St. Augustine Society, Inc., which runs St. Francis House. “As the holidays come to a close it is the perfect way to kick off the New Year and continue the good will of the holiday season — with this special performance that will support services for homeless and less fortunate individuals, families and youth.”

Over the past 30 years, St. Francis House has saved and changed lives through the services they provide in helping the homeless citizens of the community.

“St. Francis House does amazing work. We’re proud to be working alongside them for this special event,” said Venardos Circus founder Kevin Venardos.

The Venardos Circus is a unique, family friendly traveling show that will be held at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. The circus will present 17 performances, beginning Jan. 24, 2018 and running through Feb.10, 2018. Created by former Ringling Bros. ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the Venardos Circus wraps world class circus acts into a Broadway musical style revue. Venardos’ all new show features alluring aerialists, amazing acrobatics, comedy, juggling, daredevils, and performers from around the world.

The circus also proudly features its own magical Big Top tent, an intimate setting with seating for only 300 guests. The tent will be set up in the parking area of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, adjacent to the larger venue.

“We are the future of the American Circus, live and in person. We’re keeping that tradition of fun alive for a whole new generation, and pushing the boundaries of their expectations by turning ‘big top circus‘ into an intimate, interactive, and theatrical experience. It’s circus you can feel with your heart,” Venardos said.

Tickets are $25 for adult General Admission and $15 for youth and seniors. A $35 V.I.P. experience, which includes special front row seating, is also available. Groups of 15 or more may call (323) 790-4827 to take advantage of special discounts. For more event information visit www.venardoscircus.com or visit

www.stfrancisshelter.org to learn more about St. Francis House.

Photo courtesy Kevin Venardos